experience our lakefront and celebrate summer in waukegan
After conducting a community survey, GWDC staff discovered that many families travel west of Waukegan's lakefront
to meet their needs and wants. Other cities offer a variety of different opportunities for past-times that leads many Lake County residents to not activate the natural resources our waterfront provides. We partner with a diverse group of individuals and local organizations to create experiences that reflect the rich communities that comprise our lakefront home. To enhance the quality of life for residents of all Lake County, we focus our events near the water to couple world class performances with the invaluable view of Lake Michigan. Our efforts to attract people to the downtown core gathered 20,000 people to Waukegan’s waterfront to celebrate cultural diversity and encourage residents to support local businesses. Of our five annual events, our Fiestas Patrias Festival alone gathered 12,000-15,000 people this past September.